August 19, 2017

So You Want To Be A Forensic Investigator?

Because of science, the world has been able to move forward and mankind has been able to improve their way of life. Science has enabled the human race to understand the world and what lay beyond it better as well as the different phenomena surrounding it. Today, we use science as a way to answer most everything. Because science has become such a broad concept, it has divided itself into different branches to accommodate all the complexities working in this world. One of the sciences that are widely practiced today is a science called Forensic Science, a branch of science practiced by a person called a forensic investigator.

They are known by a lot of names, some of the most popular ones being; are crime scene investigators, crime scene analyst, criminalists, evidence technician, forensic technician, crime scene technician, and others. Nevertheless, no matter what name they go by, these individuals are professionals that specialize in forensic analysis, meaning it is their job to assist law enforcers with the evidences retrieved from a crime scene by collecting and examining physical evidences.

A forensic investigator inspects every little detail of this shoe

You need to investigate every little detail

These investigators are proficient in the use of math and science to unravel a link between the suspect and the victim that could either acquit or convict the former through the use of the evidences found and gathered from a crime scene. Those evidences could vary, from bloodstains, pieces of clothing, paper, hair or cloth fibers, finger- and footprints, shoe impressions, trace material, air vapors, and even evidences found in the victim’s body itself. Aside from the responsibility of gathering and analyzing evidences, they are also the ones responsible for securing the area around a certain crime scene, sketching a diagram of the scene, the listing and bagging of the collected evidences, report writing, photograph taking of the scene, attending autopsies, and finally, testifying findings in court. Doing these will help them not only find the answers necessary but also to create and reconstruct the crime scene.

Although becoming a forensic may sound cool—all those crime drama series shown on television have given as the general idea—it’s no joke being a crime scene investigator. It can both be physically and mentally draining, as it is a job that comes with long and erratic working hours, as well as a strong stomach because these people have probably seen it all—from the gruesome to the horrific.

The Traits Required of a Forensic Investigator

To do the job of these investigators require both brilliance and grit. It requires an individual to possess certain specific personal traits that are useful to the investigation of the crime scene. These traits are as follows:

• Patient
• Logical and Deductive
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Independent
• A team player

Each of those traits makes an excellent technician, and one should posses them at all times.

Computer Forensics

With the latest technological advancements, the dawn of the computer has grown wide-spread all over the world, and now people are transitioning themselves from paper to digital documents. In the light of these, a new type of investigator has emerged, and that is the computer hacking forensic investigator.

Computer Hacking Forensic Investigators or CHFI’s are professionals that work, just like a forensic investigator, along with the law enforcement agencies. They are the ones that are capable of hacking and obtaining the necessary information or evidence from a suspect’s computer that may prove to be helpful in solving of a case.